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Accountant II

Salary: $23.08-$28.17 hourly / $4,013-$4,900 monthly / Range: 5626

DEFINITION: Under direction, performs difficult professional accounting work including the examination, analysis, maintenance, reconciliation, and verification of financial records; develops and implements new accounting systems; and performs related duties as required.


  1. Prepares a variety of detailed accounting, statistical, and narrative financial statements or reports requiring analysis and interpretation; and works with the Auditor-Controller and with data processing personnel regarding automated financial and billing systems.
  2. Reviews and analyzes grants, contracts, and proposals for fiscal soundness and adherence to generally accepted accounting principles and County policy; and assists in developing, preparing, and reviewing Federal and State grant budgets.
  3. Collects data on direct, indirect and overhead costs of operation as they relate to the setting of rates and fees.
  4. Recommends and assists in the implementation of new or revised accounting systems, procedures, and records
  5. Participates in the preparation, evaluation, justification, and maintenance of budgets and budgetary controls.
  6. May supervise and review the work of fiscal and clerical personnel in making entries, reconciliation's, and performing other fiscal record-keeping work.


  1. Possession of a bachelor's degree in accounting, business administration, or related field and one year of professional accounting experience; or,
  2. one year of experience performing duties equivalent to the class of Accountant I with Santa Barbara County; or,
  3. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Additional Qualifications: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License may be required for some positions.

Knowledge of: accounting principles and practices; computer software applications of accounting procedures; and basic math.

Ability to: analyze fiscal data and draw logical conclusions; define accounting problems and recommend effective solutions; detect possible weaknesses of internal control and standard accounting procedures and recommend revisions; verbally communicate accounting procedures and policies clearly to others; use personal computer applications including spreadsheet software; write memos and reports clearly and concisely; organize work and set priorities to meet deadlines; read, understand, and apply legal requirements and administrative policies to departmental accounting functions; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; plan, initiate, and complete work assignments with a minimum of direction; and perform basic mathematical calculations.


Knowledge of: principles and procedures of governmental accounting.

Ability to: interpret and analyze complex fiscal data and draw valid conclusions; and use personal computer applications including word processing and database software.


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